From desert to deluge in the Mediterranean

  title={From desert to deluge in the Mediterranean},
  author={J A Mckenzie},
S ome time between five and six million years ago, the Mediterranean Sea became isolated from the Atlantic Ocean. In consequence some areas dried out — hence the title of Kenneth Hsü's book The Mediterranean was a Desert 1 — and large salty lakes recharged by rivers flowing through deep canyons replaced the previously marine basins. During this time, the remaining bodies of water were either too salty or not salty enough for normal marine fauna to flourish. This was the so-called Messinian… CONTINUE READING